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Fraser Health reports COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital

Fraser Health is reporting an outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Surrey hospital.
Fraser Health is reporting a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Photo: Tube containing a swab sample that has tested positive for COVID-19/Shutterstock

Fraser Health is reporting an outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

The health authority has included the outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital at the top of its current outbreaks list. 

The current active outbreak list is updated when new outbreaks are declared. When an outbreak is over, the facility is removed from the list.

Fraser Health asks all visitors to use our hand hygiene stations when they enter and exit its facilities, particularly if there is a reported outbreak.

  • If you have any of the following, please do not visit at this time:
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • Cough or flu-like symptoms
    • Fever
    • Rash

If you are visiting someone who is located on an outbreak unit, visitors may be limited to two people at a time. Fraser Health asks that you do not visit other patient rooms or common areas on the unit such as the lounge and patient kitchenette. It also recommends you don’t visit public areas in the hospital such as the cafeteria and gift shop.

COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person who is sick coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread when a healthy person touches an object or surface (e.g. a doorknob or a table) with the virus on it, and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands. Most people who get COVID-19 have only mild disease, but a few people can get very sick and may need to go to hospital. The symptoms of COVID-19 may include fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell and/or diarrhea.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. 

In Wednesday's COVID-19 briefing, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a record-high number of daily cases for B.C. at 762

“We have seen a rising number of new cases of COVID-19 across the province and we need to slow this down. We need to put the brakes on the virus and doing this requires a sustained effort by all of us," said Henry.

“This second surge is putting a strain on our health-care system, our workplaces and us all. We need to ease this pressure so we can continue to manage the virus in our province and also continue to do the many activities that are important to us."

The latest provincial health orders restrict social gatherings of any size with anyone outside of your immediate household, as well as indoor group physical activities, including yoga, spin, group fitness and dance classes.